500 million Yahoo accounts hacked: What to do next

The first thing Yahoo account holders should do immediately is change their password

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WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – 500 million Yahoo accounts have been hacked, and yours could be one of them. Thursday’s cyber security data breach could be the largest ever.

Yahoo confirmed Thursday that data’s been stolen from 500 million user accounts. They believe it happened in late 2014, by someone pretending to be, or working for a government official. Now, Yahoo account holders are at risk for identity theft, as hackers stole names, phone numbers, addresses, and passwords.

“Somebody wants to grab money, it’s all about money,” says Chris Bovino, engineer at Northeast IT in West Springfield. “Most people do their banking online now and have all of their statements emailed to them, so there you go. You have your bank statement which has your account number, your routing number – all of that stuff is right on there.”

Now is the time to be proactive. The first thing you want to do is to change your password – that’s your first line of defense. When you change your password, make sure it has an uppercase letter, symbols and numbers in there, and that it is nothing too predictable.

Continue to change your passwords often, and change your security questions and answers, because the hackers may have accessed them as well.

Don’t open emails from people you don’t know, and don’t click any links they provide. It’s a trap to infect your computer with a virus.

If Yahoo thinks your account may have been compromised, you’ll be prompted to create a new password as soon as you log on. You can also turn on the Yahoo Account Key, which texts you a code to type in after your password.

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